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Reincarnation: A Lilypad Clubtail in My Next Life

June 18th, 2022 by Michael Dyet

Hmmm, if reincarnation is a real concept, what would you choose to be?

Some religions believe in multiple souls and that the soul is capable of leaving the body and being reborn as another creature such as a bird or a butterfly. Plato, in 4th or 5th century BCE, is said to have believed in an immortal soul that that participates in frequent incarnations.

I wonder sometimes if I had the power to decide what my next life would be, what would I choose? It is tempting to choose to come back as human again but much more successful, wealthy or powerful. It would be nice to not to have to worry about money or what my boss thinks or who I have to please to stay out of trouble.

But great wealth, power and success comes with its own set of challenges. The more you have, the more you have to lose and the more enemies you make simply by being who you are. It may turn out that I would have as many worries, or even more of them, than I do now.

I think it would be very nice to come back as a Lilypad Clubtail dragonfly like the one at the top of this post. My lifespan would be very short – two or three months at most.

But I would spend that short time hanging out on a lily pad watching the world go by. I would not have to worry about paying rent or finding the money to fix my car or obeying laws I do not particularly believe in. And I would have the freedom of flight to move about as I see fit.

In addition, dragonflies are considered to be metaphors for transformation, adaptability and self-realization – all things that life in these times requires.

So it is settled. I am coming back as a Lilypad Clubtail. Keep an eye out for me when you are strolling by a marsh pond. I will wiggle my clubbed tail, with its golden claspers, to say: Hey, it’s me!

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